Collecting & Connoisseurship

World Record Shattered by Historic Kirman Vase Rug


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Today’s sale at Sotheby’s of William Andrews Clark’s Sickle-leaf, Vine Scroll and Palmette ‘Vase’-technique carpet for $33.76 M has enormous significance not only for the antique Oriental rug field, but for the art world as a whole.

Clearly the sale of this fabulous, incredibly rare historical carpet that was likely woven in the Persian city of Kirman, for over 3-1/2 times the previous world record is a landmark, but it is also a precursor of a movement to come: the recognition that the best Oriental rugs woven in the 16th through 19th centuries stand on par with the highest valued art works of other mediums.

A great rug possesses the ability to affect the mind and heart of man to see himself and the world in which he lives in a deeply nourishing manner, which is the true definition of art.

It highlights what I have been saying for over 30 years–that antique Oriental carpets are undiscovered art that is now starting to become discovered.

Jan David Winitz, President and Founder of Claremont Rug Company in Oakland, CA, has built a global reputation among carpet collectors and connoisseurs since he founded the company at age 25 in 1980.